Old GM Plant to Be New Auto Parts Supplier

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It's as if time stood still in some parts of what was a GM engine plant up until 2001. The former Powertrain facility still has calendars that date to 2000 on the walls, open lockers, and a pictures of their 1981 groundbreaking in the front office.

"You could have made Quad 4 engines in here about a month ago," says Ashley Capital project manager Dave Zaleski.

General Motors closed the 20-year old facility in June, 4 years ago. They struggled to unload the property and managed until this winter. That's when Ashley Capital bought it, and rented it out to transportation company Ryder Logistics.

Ryder will organize and transport parts to Lansing Grand River and Lansing Delta Township once it's up and running. They'll start official business when GM starts production of 2006 models July 18th.

What equipment they can sell of what's left, they will. They'll bring in five new conveyor belts, 85 new docks, and some 400 employees.

They will make $25 million in improvements to the 1.1 million square foot building.

Delta Township is pleased at the prospects. "It's a significant tax base for us, so it's critical for Delta Township to have other product in there," says Amy McEwan, assistant township manager.

Ryder has already begun some hiring. They'll actively seek out automotive industry employees who may lose their jobs when the Lansing Car Assembly plant closes in May.